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Jail Bait (1954)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 May 1954 (USA)
Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writers:

Alex Gordon (story), Edward D. Wood Jr. (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lyle Talbot ... Inspector Johns
Dolores Fuller ... Marilyn Gregor
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Gregor
Steve Reeves ... Lieutenant Bob Lawrence
Clancy Malone Clancy Malone ... Don Gregor
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Vic Brady
Tedi Thurman Tedi Thurman ... Loretta (as Theodora Thurman)
Bud Osborne ... Night Watchman / Mac
Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon ... Miss Willis
Don Nagel Don Nagel ... Detective Davis
John Robert Martin John Robert Martin ... Detective McCall
La Vada Simmons La Vada Simmons ... Miss Lytell
Regina Claire Regina Claire ... Newspaper Woman
John Avery John Avery ... Police Doctor
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Storyline

Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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She's A Good Girl... To Leave Alone! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Face See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Howco Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The nightclub scene was originally a strip club, but the production company replaced Edward D. Wood Jr.'s scene with a blackface minstrel show. Some releases of the movie restore it to the original scene. See more »

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During the car chase, the police officer fires at least 20 rounds from his six shot revolver without having enough time to reload. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Gregor: You know that gun is jail bait!
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Alternate Versions

Released onto home video as a "Director's Cut," in which a striptease scene replaces the original segment of a blackface entertainer. See more »

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I Love You Ed Wood
6 September 2008 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

How could you not like Ed Wood? Here was a man who loved film making for which he had absolutely no talent. He never gave up, he scrounged around for money and locations, used actors with no ability or who were desperate for work, and is treasured by all bad-movie buffs. He would probably be thrilled that his name is universally recognized albeit as the worst director of all times.

He does his magic again with "Jail Bait", an inept film to say the least. All that needs to be said about the acting, dialog, sets, and the annoying music has already been covered on these boards, so I won't repeat it. I'll just say that I wonder how Lyle Talbot, who had a pretty decent career in films in the 1930s and early 40s, ever sank to this level. He was a face that appeared all over moviedom for years and was a good actor in support of some of the big stars of the day. Times must have been very, very hard for him to stoop to this. We know why Bela Lugosi worked with Wood but maybe Talbot did it on a bet.....or not. It's always sad to see competent actors who once had careers, end up in this manner.

If you have never seen an Ed Wood film, put this one on your "must see list"..........really all of his films are "must sees" if you are a fan of "so bad that they are good" movies. Ed Wood, I salute you!!!!!!


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